The ANFT Certified Forest Therapy Guide
Training Curriculum: An Outline

Trainees have access to printable information with each learning module. Together these documents comprise A Guide's Handbook of Forest Therapy, available only to ANFT Forest Therapy Guide trainees.
Module
Week
Learning Focus
Emerging Qualities
Soil
2 weeks before
Background and Preparation
Vision
Fire
1
Forest Therapy
Patience
Mycelia
2
The Forest Therapy Guide
Inspiration
Seed
3-4
Way of the Guide
Trust
Roots
5-6
Standard Sequence
and Liminality
Acceptance
Seedling
7-8
Bioregional Learning
Sensuousness
Trunk
9-10
Senses and Embodiment
Playfulness
Branch
11-12
The Language of Invitation
Simplicity
Leaf
13-14
Tea at the Threshold
of Incorporation
Creativity
Flower
15-16
Paradigms of Wholeness
Self Discovery
Fruit
17-18
Health Science of Forest Therapy
Care
Crown
19-20
Edges and Headroom of Guiding
Courage
Habitat
21-22
Circle and Witness
Deep Attention
Feast
23
Harvest
Humility
Return
24
Threshold of Initiation
Belonging
The sequence of themes for each module follows the growth cycle of many forest species. These are powerful metaphors for the journey of the individual guide, and of the the whole cohort as a group.
The training program lasts six months. At the end of the course students earn certification as a forest therapy guide.
Our curriculum is focused on the Way of the Guide rather than the Way of the Therapist. Our guiding motto is "The Forest is the Therapist; the Guide Opens the Doors." 
Many of our trainees report deep personal transformation as a result of their journey to becoming a guide. While much research focuses on physiological health effects, we've observed these emergent properties grow in many guides. This is a major part of what the practice of guiding is about.